How to get an Italian codice fiscale

How to get an Italian codice fiscale for filling out forms

The codice fiscale—(fiscal code) is the tax ID every Italian or Italy resident is given.

Italians often use this personal letter/number identifier—based on a combinarion of the letters in your name and the date and place of your birth—the way Americans use their SSN on forms and such, kind of as a national ID code.

Most visitors can get by without a codice fiscale (since you don't, technically, have one), except when it comes to filling out certain online forms (like for getting rail cards) and purchasing Italian mobile phone accounts. Honestly, I spent several years living in and traveling all over Italy before I had to get one.

You can get an official codice fiscale, but only if you are an Italy resident and enjoy devling into Italy's famously baroque bureaucracy. For the rest of us, you can just gin up a fake codice fiscale (honestly, no one really cares) by using a codice fiscale generator like

Here's how to fill it out.

  • Nome: First name (given name)
  • Cognome: Last name (family name)
  • Se sei nato in Italia: This is for thsoe born in Italy. Leave it blank.
  • Se sei nato all'estero: This is greyed out, but it's the one you want. Just you click on the drop-down bok it will give you a long list of countries—in Italian, obviously, so USA is Stati Uniti d'America; the U.K. is Gran Bretagne.
  • Data di Nascita: This your birthday: Day, Month, Year.
  • Sesso: Select Maschio for male, Femnina for female.

That's it. Copy down your brand new, semi-phony codice fiscale and use it when necessary.